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24. July 2014 | | 3 comments

Utility-scale solar makes up 1/3 of new U.S. electric capacity in the first half of 2014

FERC's latest report finds that solar capacity additions still lag natural gas expansion, and the Department of Energy predicts the continued domination of gas through 2040.


Suntech gears up for US return

Eric Luo, CEO, Suntech.

The Chinese integrated solar company will be in attendance at the Intersolar North America exhibition as it prepares to re-enter the U.S. market.


Intersolar North America: the new Gold Rush

Intersolar.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee seemed to know the crowd he addressed on the opening night of the seventh Intersolar North America trade show in San Francisco. After all, it is an archetype that goes back more than 150 years in San...


Nine African countries win renewable energy development funding

Cape Coast, Ghana

The low-income nations were awarded new funding and operational support at the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds governing body meeting.


SiC Processing administrator files lawsuit against Yingli Solar

SiC Processing headquarters

The ongoing legal dispute between the insolvent German slurry recycling company and the Chinese solar giant appears to be intensifying following a report that SIC Processing's administrator has initiated litigation.


Petition urges UK government to give solar 'one more push'

David Cameron, Prime Minister, U.K.

More than 150 businesses have signed a letter calling for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to back solar; letter will be presented to Downing Street today.


Conergy secures 200 MW solar project rights in UK, $60 million bank guarantee

Conergy HQ, Germany.

Following the commencement of a 21 MW PV plant in England, Conergy has acquired a portfolio of rights to 166 MW of solar projects in the U.K., plus a bank guarantee facility worth $60 million.


IBM Research launches Green Horizon in China

Smoggy Beijing

The project aims to help the country reach its ambitious goals and includes the development of a renewable energy forecasting system to help energy grids manage alternative energy sources.


DNV GL launches GRIDSTOR project

Solar storage battery.

The open-source, recommended practice project from DNV GL will address the needs for a comprehensive energy storage framework, focusing on system safety, operation and performance.


Ten key questions on the future of the UK solar industry

Solar park in England.

Finlay Colville of NPD Solarbuzz talks candidly to pv magazine about the future of the UK's solar PV industry.


US-China trade war pushes thin film market to 11-month high

First Solar thin film factory

Spot prices for thin film modules rise 5.2% in a month as ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China depresses prices for polysilicon panels.


French institute recognizes Hanwha Q CELLS' low carbon solar modules

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Germany.

Solstyce analyzed various data of Q CELLS' cell and module production and found that the products consumed less than 400 kg of C02 per kWp, making them eligible for public tender in France.


Solargiga building 40 MW solar park in Ghana

In partnership with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, China's Solargiga has begun construction of a 40 MW, $117 million solar park.


IRENA involved in 6 MW Sierra Leone PV plant

Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The International Renewable Energy Agency has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to oversee the West African nation’s first utility scale solar park.


04. July 2014 | | Comment now

Illinois to spend US$30 million on more solar PV

PV plant in Chicago

Illinois has passed legislation to use existing funds to put online more PV, as the state tries to catch up to its ambitious renewable energy goals.


SolarCity continues to dominate US residential solar PV market

Rooftop PV installation by SolarCity

GTM Research finds that SolarCity has again increased its market share, under a trend of ongoing consolidation by the largest companies in the U.S. residential market.


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